2017 Roland Garros Women’s Finals Picks And Predictions
After correctly – and perfectly – predicting the outcomes of both WTA French Open semifinal matchups a couple of days ago, you should be prepared to cash in on what should amount to another winning selection on Saturday’s championship showdown between World No. 4 Simona Halep and up-and-coming 20-year-old, World No. 47 Jelena Ostapenko.
Halep took out World No. 3 Karolina Pliskova 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 in the semifinals to reach the finals while Ostapenko dispatched Timea Bacsinszky in three sets as well. “It is an amazing feeling, I’m so happy. I came through a tough match yesterday, but I just care about today. Karolina is a good player and made it tough,” Halep told the crowd afterwards. Now, with all of my over-the-top bragging done, let’s get started with the updated tennis betting picks.
Analyzing The 2017 Roland Garros Women’s Finals Picks, Predictions
Simona Halep -355
Jelena Ostapenko +285
Jelena Ostapenko +4.5
Simona Halep -4.5
Over 21 -110
Under 21 -110
Analysis: Simona Halep has a lot to play for in the finals as she seeks her first major title and the No. 1 ranking in the world. Jelena Ostapenko will enter the top 20 regardless of the outcome and is seeking her first major as well. The 25-year-old Halep is also making her second appearance in the French Open Finals after losing to Maria Sharapova in the 2014 championship match. The Romanian star says her focus in rock-solid right now.
“I will play for two things – my first grand slam and No.1 in the world. It’s a big challenge, a big chance,” Halep said. “I think I have the game. I have the mentality to win, but it’s gonna be tough.”
Ostapenko has pretty much bashed her way to the finals with some powerful groundstrokes that have been clocked as faster than Andy Murray’s. The blossoming youngster is the first Latvian woman to reach a Grand Slam final in the Open Era and could become the first player since Gustavo Kuerten to win their first title of any sort at a Grand Slam.
“I am really happy. I love to play here, I love you guys, you’re amazing. I’m just happy with the way I celebrated my birthday,” Ostapenko beamed after the crowd broke into a rendition of “Happy Birthday”.
“I was always playing aggressive and hitting the ball when I had a chance. It probably helped me to win today.”
While I really like Jelena Ostapenko and I genuinely believe that she will win multiple majors in the near future, my pick to win the 2017 French open title is firmly on the savvy and feisty Simona Halep.
While Ostapenko has some huge groundstrokes and a ‘go-for-broke’ mentality that has served her well so far, it is Simona Halep that is the better mover and more consistent hitter which is what the French Open is all about. While the two have never faced one another, I’ve got to believe that the huge edge in experience that Halep has in this match will be one of the championship’s biggest determining factors.
I like the fact that no one, not Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova or Victoria Azarenka, has ever been able to overpower the diminutive Halep, who has a bit of firepower of her own for a player that stands just 5-6.
I’ve been waiting for Simona Halep to make the breakthrough at a major and I believe that is just what she’ll do against the talented, but lesser experienced Jelena Ostapenko, although it’s going to take three sets to get it done! If you didn’t know, top 3 seeds are a near-perfect 8-1 versus unseeded players in grand slam finals in the modern Open era.
Expect one more, knock-down, drag-out thriller that plays Over the 21-game O/U total as Halep gets past Ostapenko for his first major!
Pick: Simona Halep in 3 Sets